Greenhouses Suffering Amid Texas Heat Wave

FORT WORTH (AP) – The relentless summer heat wave is wilting business at North Texas greenhouses, with landscapers and growers offering heavy discounts as triple-digit temperatures hurt their inventory and keep customers at bay.

Landscape companies and sod suppliers tell the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that they’re frustrated. The mercury hit 105 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday, marking the 36th consecutive day of triple-digit heat in the region, and the National Weather Service is warning of temperatures of at least 104 through the week.

Until cooler weather prevails, growers, owners and landscapers are doing what they can to survive, such as offering big discounts to clear out their inventory.

“I can tell you the nursery business is struggling right now,” said Anthony Kahaly, store manager of the Keller Plant Shed. “We haven’t had heat like this in a long time for this amount of days.”

James Guthrey, sod landscape sales manager for Servall, a landscape supply company in Plano, said the seemingly never-ending heat “is going to kill a lot of grass.”

One of Kahaly’s greenhouses registered 122 degrees last week, but he said the effects could be worse on plants out in the open because they’re exposed directly to the scorching sun.

Many greenhouses at his Keller Plant Shed are empty now. The ones that are still full are covered with shade cloths to protect against the sun while sales signs offering 75 percent discounts line the plastic plant containers.

At a Fort Worth landscape supply store called Whiz-Q Stone, a large ice chest full of water was by the front door Saturday to help cool off customers who loaded up trucks with stone borders, mulch and gravel.

“We’re trying to make that as available as possible,” said Mike Whisenand, president of Whiz-Q Stone and past regional chairman of the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association.

Whisenand said many customers are purchasing materials to construct patios, borders and retaining walls and are delaying the planting of flowers, trees and shrubs. Some are even buying small tents for shade.

“I’ve even heard of plumbers and all kinds of people setting those up for a little bit of shade,” Whisenand said. “Anything creative to get the job done and not totally pass out.”

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  1. Paul Felix Schott says:

    Read well and study on your own after you have read this.

    This is not a game or joke our Sun gives off a Solar Wind all day year round if you live in the State of Alaska you see it in the sky above what a sight it is going through our Earth’s Magnet Polls of the North and the South, North Poll. Its Called the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.

    The day will come when you will be able to see it all over Earth as in the year 1859 Solar Flare. Two Astronomer’s Hodgson and Carrington told the World that the Solar Flare made a Geomagnetic Storm reach Earth in hours not days. Back then it gave new meaning to Reach For The Skies from Telegraph Operators. For hours sparks flew from the key board. Even after the Batteries were disconnected.

    Our Sun’s UV Rays will get stronger as each passing day go’s by, read and i will tell you why.

    The Great big forest have be striped from most of the Earth for Greed of Money by the Wicked. The trees our are Main Source of Oxygen on this Plant.
    The Forest Trees scrubs the Pollution out of the air and makes Oxygen from the rain and dirt that it grows in.

    The Forest Trees do more then just make Oxygen they stop Soil Erosion, just Look at the 1930 Dust Bowl. Greed by our Government taxes led farmers to clear cut all their Forest and farm all the land they were being Tax on. They had to farm it to pay for the Taxes. Why leave the Trees when food crop makes Money. This Did not Help the Depression that effected most all Worldwide.

    The Pollution and CO2 Carbon Dioxide go into the Tree Bark as a shield from most bugs so they do not eat the tree.

    Less Forest less Oxygen this is why the moon. That has no Oxygen is very cold on the side with out Sun Light,And hot as ever on the side with Sun Light. Way too cold and too hot to live there.

    With no blank of Oxygen to lessen or reduce the Sun’s UV Rays and Solar Wind they are deadly there on our Moon. Every Mt. Climber and Aircraft Pilot knows the higher you go the thinner the Oxygen and colder it gets.

    Just spend a night on a Mt. top above 13,000 feet with no Sun Light and you will see or should i say feel the cold stinging any of your exposed skin. If you are new to Mt. Climbing stay below 10,000Ft. The Astronauts and the Cosmonauts and Fighter Pilots that i have been with for years know this very well, and the Radiation Hazards to humans at High Altitudes.

    Soon the Sun’s Solar Wind and UV rays will be way to strong for most to go out in the Sun Light for even a short time. The Geomagnetic Storm to come and the Bad Weather Storms well you have not seen nothing yet and the Sea Level is Rising the Oceans.

    The last 30 years On Earth we have broke all high temp records and the temp it is still going up. All the Worlds Ice Glacier are melting at an Accelerating Rate. The Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps store more water than all the Fresh Water Lakes on Earth.

    The Bad Weather Storms now are Babies compared to what is to come.

    They will get even bigger and worse less Oxygen the more UV Rays to the Earth and more Water molecules will evaporate and go up into the Earth’s Atmosphere. Less Oxygen the colder with out sun light and hotter with it.

    The Sky full of more water vapor molecules, more snow in the winter and more Flash Floods in the Summer.

    If every living person on Earth were to Plant A Tree Today we might have a chance.

    The Earth’s Atmosphere Blanket surrounding it protects life on Earth as Our Lord and GOD will all that seek Him.

    Then it is written when the tree is full it is harvest time. All the Earth will someday burn away.

    This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it
    and may our Lord Bless all that do so.

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    2 Peter 3:10
    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the Earth and its works will be burned up.

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